COVID-19 Lists & Resources Click Here for Updates on COVID-19

  • CARES Act (passed March 27, 2020)
  • SBA Loans for Small Businesses – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved Governor Mills’ application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help Maine businesses overcome any temporary loss of revenue due to the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. Maine is one of the first states in the country to be approved, and Maine small business owners can now begin applying for these loans. Less than $25,000 does not require collateral.
    • General Overview: SBA Loan Program
    • PPP – Paycheck Protection Program (part of the CARES Act 3/31/20)
    • The SBA toll-free line has been established to answer questions at 1-800-659-2955.
    • Assistance filing applications is available at:
  • Staff Layoff Assistance / Unemployment Insurance – those employees who are being laid off due to the consequences of the public health crisis should file for Unemployment benefits online.
    • Most recent update on Unemployment, including for Self-Employed and employees with reduced hours – March 31, 2020
    • Employers can find more information at www.maine.gov/reemployme. Employers are NOT obligated to contact ME Dept of Labor, but can definitely try to get though if you have any questions.
    • Link for Employees to file for Unemployment benefits LINK
    • See FAQ for employees here . It is not advised to enter a return-to-work date when employees are filing, as nobody really knows.
    • Or see thisreal-life guide through the process compiled by Belfast’s Mike Hurley.
  • Sole Proprietor Loan Program – $5,000 per award, up to three awards; apply through your bank (loan guaranteed by State) 
  • Assistance navigating the new programs? – contact the Chamber at director@belfastmaine.org / 207 338-5900 or contact the state Dept of Economic & Community Development (DECD) at Business.answers@maine.gov
  • Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) recently compiled this list of federal and state Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • IRS (Internal Revenue Service):
    • announced on March 23rd that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.  Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. Read more here
    • IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave. See more HERE
    • Maine Revenue Services – the State will extend the deadline for Maine income tax payments from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. The change aligns with the Federal government’s recent extension of the Federal tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. For questions about Maine income tax, contact Maine Revenue Services (MRS) at (207) 626-8475 or visit the MRS website at www.maine.gov/revenue.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shared Workplace Tips for Employees
  • City of Belfast has posted the plan for City departments and services on their website on March 17, 2020
  • The Maine Department of Labor shared Resources for Workers and Businesses on COVID-19
  • The Retail Assoc. of Maine has shared a specific page they assembled that pulled together the relevant resources that they gathered to date. They plan to update it every day and will date the new information so you can easily find it. Retail Assoc of Maine
  • SCORE Mentor contacts will not be face-to-face, but can continue through other means. See the advisory from Belfast SCORE here. As always, you can request a SCORE initial discussion by going to our Belfast SCORE page.
  • In addition, SCORE is offering live and recorded webinars (in-person workshops have been suspended until further notice). Whether you need help figuring out finances or managing staffing situations, SCORE mentors are here for you.
  • Legal Guidance on COVID-19 Advice and FAQs are available online from Burnstein Shur
  • Tips on effective working from home! – MaineBiz March 25, 2020
  • For Non-Profits, United Midcoast Charities has established a Rapid Response Fund that will funnel 100% of all donations received as support to local nonprofits that are meeting the immediate needs of individuals seeking help in Knox and Waldo counties.  The fund is intended to provide stopgap support and anticipates the likelihood that local nonprofits will find themselves under-resourced to serve a growing demand for their services. Donations are now being accepted toward this fund HERE
  • MaineBiz published an article on preparations you can take regarding contracts & loans
  • Medical Guidance, visit:

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